The moment you introduce pets to you family especially dogs, things have to change a little bit. One of the things to put in place is training, so that both of you can correlate and become one happy family. Compared to the rest, corgis tend to be quite temperamental which could make them overpower other pets around your home, and to some extent you as the owner. In order to tame this, you should start taming your corgi the moment you bring them home, preferably while they’re still a puppy.
A plus with the breed is that with the right tools in place, training a corgi shouldn’t be handful, all thanks to their intelligent nature. With a simple corgi training guide like the one I have outlined in this article, you should be all set, covered and ready to make your home habitable for your corgi, other pets and of course you as the owner.
Essential Corgi Training Commands
This the first command you should train your corgi, having been considered as a natural concept for a number of dogs. Another reason why it should come first is that it acts as a transitional phase which creates room for the dog to move to other commands with ease. If you don’t get them well started with when to ‘sit’, you’ll have some difficulties in taming them to come or stay.
It’s all about the direction your hand leads them to, so ensure that the direction you move towards pushes their bottom to go lower as you tell them to ‘sit’. Being a natural concept means that it won’t take time to learn, the same which depends on the dog in question. At the end of the day, you’ll have a puppy who’s impressively calm and easy to control especially when it’s time for their meals.
Your dog can at times slip through your grip or find their way out of their crate accidentally. If not controlled, the next thing you’ll see is them on the streets, because depending on how you trained them, letting loose could be a cue for them to go out. The only way to have them back is training them this command.
Other than the first instances, making the dog understand this command also works great when it’s time to have the leash back on or to summon them for their treats. In a nutshell, this command revolves around keeping them close, whether you’re out on adventure, at home or if they break off their leash.
To get started on the training process, get hold of the leash, go down to the dog’s level and say ‘come’ as you gently pull them towards you. It’s only after they’ve mastered the skill that you should take it a step further without the leash which is the best way to be certain that they have perfected the command.
Training your dog how and when to sit isn’t enough because even in that position, there are chances that they can still prove uncontrollable. One of the best ways to have your dog submit is by making them lie down. Dogs too understand this quite well, so unless it’s by choice, getting them to be in this particular position is the hardest of them all.
At the same time, treats work wonders in ensuring that the dog does what’s required of them, so this case is not any different. The only question is, how will you get is started? Just as you would do with a leash, let your hand do the guiding. Dogs are flexible, in that no matter the direction you hand follows, their body will definitely follow suit.
Being that your focus is the ground, get hold of the treat and as the dog sniffs it, move your hand towards the ground, sliding it along the floor as you say ‘down’. The direction your hand moves should be that which allows their body to follow where their head goes, and with no time they’ll be laying down.
Keeping your dog caged or hooked all the time is never a good idea, even when you’re running some errands. The only reason why most people opt for this is because letting the dog loose could have them wandering into the streets, and you don’t want that to happen. A different case is with clingy dogs which won’t let you handle anything around when not in their crate.
Now you can save yourself the trouble by instilling in them this skill which equally makes them controllable at the end of the day. This phase should come in after you’re done with the ‘sit’ command because ideally, telling the dog to stay is loosely translated to telling them to sit. One of the great ways to try teaching your corgi when to ‘stay’ is by targeting their most vulnerable moments, that is, when the dog is tired or hungry.
That way, they won’t be so hyper, meaning that all their focus will now be on you. Being a self-control measure, be ready to repeat this training regularly when dealing with high-energy dogs, considering that most corgis fall under this category. These are dogs which would rather be all over the place, so trying to keep them in one place will definitely take some time.
Dogs are created to explore and to some extent, your corgi might mistake anything dropped on the floor to be meant for them. This is why it’s important to teach yours when to take it or ‘Leave It’. Such training is key and in the end what it should be doing is nurturing the dog to keep off anything that’s not theirs.
This is because as things drop or are left lying around, at times they might go unnoticeable and with a well-trained puppy, you shouldn’t even worry about such hazards. You can try the free-choice option which basically tames the dog by knowing when it’s right for them to take anything. For this exercise, place a treat in your hand and try all the means possible to keep the dog away from getting hold of it no matter how much they paw, lick and nose your hand.
As they retreat, you can open up your fist, giving them the cue that it’s now right to have the treat. You can try this a number of times and if the dog pays attention, they’ll be skilled enough to know that sometimes if the ‘take it’ command isn’t ushered then it probably means that they have no business with whatever it is that’s in question.
Walking remains to be one of the key traditions to introduce to your dog’s lifestyle because of the benefits that come with it. This is irrespective of whether yours is an indoors or outdoors type because either way, your puppy must learn how to walk properly. When you say ‘heel’, it simply means that you want the dog to walk directly next to you and not behind or in front of you for safety purposes.
Your pace should match theirs, meaning that they should learn when to stop and proceed with the walk, depending on how you’re guiding them. At the beginning, a leash will get most of the things done because with one it’s easier to give direction in case the dog tries to wander way. However with time, you can try to have your leash-free walks because that way it’s just the command you’ll be using with no any other action to follow it.
You should only try the latter in a secure environment like your backyard. That way, the dog will still be safe even if the command fails. Something to take home is that this is quite a complex command, but then it get easier after the dog has properly mastered the first three which are sit, come and stay.
There’s a relation between this and the ‘Leave It’ command. ‘Off’ comes in when the dog has gotten hold of something they shouldn’t like furniture or hair and you need to have them release it. Dogs in their playful nature do this all the time, but then others can turn out destructive especially if they’re teething.
In such cases, simply saying ‘off’ with nothing else in hand will not be fruitful. So while at it, give them more reason to release the object in question by holding something like a dog toy or a treat in front of their nose. At the same time, it’s agreeable that you should only rewards good behavior. This means that when you opt for treats, you should only give it to the dog after they have completely backed down.
The dog will definitely try to grab whatever it is that’s in your hand while still digging right into the unwanted surface. Being the authority, you should keep your fist closed until your needs are met. However, that’s only necessary for beginners and once properly trained, just a simple command should be enough.
Most dog owners will agree with me that no matter how well you train your dog, sometimes they might still find themselves in trouble. This is why when working on your list of commands, you shouldn’t eliminate this. Actually, ‘no’ is considered to be a versatile one which works greatly to keep them out of trouble and basically any other instance where you want to have it your way.
The goal is to stop and keep them from getting into mischief which could be biting something harmful, trying to harm innocent strangers and pets and generally when they’re not acting right. For starters, you can try it with something less harmful that won’t leave them hurt especially if they haven’t mastered this command at the moment.
All you have to do is have your leash at hand, place your object before your dog and as they move forward to sniff it, strike them with a ‘no’ as you pull the leash in your direction. This is to try and see if the dog will understand your command and respond by keeping off.
Key Corgi Training Areas
The first and basic step in corgi training is making them familiar with the essential commands as previously highlighted. After that, you can gradually use the skills acquired to train your corgi in the following areas:
The first thing to is help the corgi familiarize themselves with the environment they are in. The moment they get home, patiently have them acquainted with their new home by taking them around. If you already have a room established for them, you can help them know where their bed is, as well as where the meals will be served. Being the first step, the process might last for a couple of weeks, depending on your dog.
This is actually the ultimate goal of going through the whole training process. The dog should see you as the leader, that being the only way they’ll respect you. This is where key commands like ‘No’ and ‘Stop’ come in any time the dog behaves inappropriately. The hack in this stage is striking a balance between being firm and gentle. Once they excel in obedience, you can now start introducing treats so that you reward them.
Corgis are equally destructive if not tamed, especially when left unsupervised. At the same time, it’s not every time that you’ll be around the dog, and that’s where a dog crate comes in. This is the ultimate safe haven for dogs whether they’re home or on the move. At the same time, introducing them to crates can be a struggle on its own because at the beginning it could look like a punishment.
You might have hacked this with your toddlers so easily, but this is one of the most challenging trainings in a pet owner’s life. Corgis should be able to control their bladder right from the time they’re a puppy to avoid messing the house or their crate. To keep yourself covered, it’s ideal that you train your dog such that they know when and where to go whenever they have any bathroom needs. For effectiveness, you can always combine this with crate training.
Once your corgi is more stable and ready to face whatever lies outdoors, it’s just ideal that you start exposing them to socialization. Socialization in this aspect doesn’t limit you to other pets only, so you can also let them meet other humans. This the only way to bring up dogs which don’t go around chasing or harming people and other pets. However, the dog has to be fully trained and prepared to avoid any form of unnecessary aggression when around a friendly company.
With the right commands in place, loads of patience and gentleness, corgi training should be the simplest thing you have to do. This process can last for months or even weeks depending on how easy or difficult your dog is. The secret is to win over their heart because with that, obedience will be guaranteed; a key element in the outlined training circles.
Learn and understand the needs of your dog well enough to know when to take a break, when to push harder or when to stop. When training is successfully completed, you can be guaranteed a lifetime stress free corgi-parenting lifestyle.